October 2003

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Ta da! No, your eyes aren't deceiving you, we've had a bit of a rejig. Nothing too drastic — just a tweak or three: a more prominent space for your letters, an opportunity for you to show us your old...
Thumbs up for Hulme Sir, Adam Cooper's touching story about Denny Hulme in last month's issue reminded me of my one and only meeting with 'The Bear'. As an impecunious Leeds University student I'd...
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Jenks on Monza '67 Thinking that the worst of the traffic in central Europe would have died down at the beginning of September I made the mistake of cutting through Switzerland on my way from England...
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This is the first of a series showcasing photos from readers' archives. We begin with the early post-war shots of John Stock Although he lives in Cornwall, lifelong motorsport enthusiast John Stock,...
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He's the greatest driver never to have been world champion — a star in all cars in all conditions. But now Sir Stirling Moss faces his toughest task yet — your probing questions! What happened to you...
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As Motor Sport went to press, Rupert Avon was 'stable and showing slight improvement' following his accident in Friday's free practice at the Goodwood Revival Meeting. Better known for racing vintage...
Two ex-Ferrari Formula One drivers had a fraught time at the Goodwood Revival. Gerhard Berger, who had two spells with the Maranello marque, was down to race the Earl of March's Ford Galaxie and Nick...
This year's Goodwood Revival was the most popular yet: 94,000 people made the pilgrimage to the Sussex track over the three days — 13,000 more than in 2002. Of these, 20,000 attended on the Friday,...
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Audi Tradition has recently completed the construction of replicas of the three Wanderer 'Streamline Specials' entered by Auto Union for the Liège-Rome-Liège events of 1938-39. They are authentic...
A series for 1960s and '70s GTs and sports-prototypes could support the 2004 Le Mans Endurance Series. FIA GT Championship boss Stéphane Ratel is working to create a mini-series of classic 1000km-...
The ex-Nelson Piquet 1989 Lotus 101 finally made its Spa debut at the end of August, 14 years after the three-time F1 champion and team-mate Satoru Nakajima failed to qualify the cars for the Belgian...
The second running of the Le Mans Classic will be held over the weekend of July 24/25, 2004, in what the organisers hope will become a permanent date for the bi-annual event. The first Classic was...
As anticipated, the planning application for the Mercedes-Benz Heritage and Technology Centre at Brooklands has been given the green light by the Government. * * * Former single-seater ace Richard...
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The man best remembered for his work at the Motor Sport Division of the RAC, has died. In his 30 years at Britain's governing body, Delamont was a key figure in the postwar development of the sport,...
One of Britain's best all-round drivers died at the end of August, aged 81. Well known for his exploits on rallies such as the Monte Carlo, Coupe des Alpes, Tulip, Acropolis, Safari and RAC, Peter...
The architect of BRM's Formula One glory days in the 1960s has died, aged 80. Under Tony Rudd's direction, the Bourne-based team won the drivers' and constructors' titles in 1962. Upon leaving school...
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The thrilling spectacle of contemporary F1 cars running on Scottish soil for the first time in 25 years will be the highlight of the Mount Stuart Motorsport Classic. Both Williams-BMW and BAR have...
September 19-21 Magny-Cours (F) TGP pack descends on home of French Grand Prix. Tel: 01621 892814 20/21 Angouleme (F) Annual Circuit des Remparts is an overlooked gem with glorious street racing...
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The Fangio family's Goodwood jinx returned at the sixth annual Revival Meeting. The great Juan Manuel never won at the track, but his nephew Juan Manuel II looked set to nip this trait in the bud on...
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Oulton Park's Gold Cup meeting celebrated 50 years of racing at the picturesque track in Cheshire, with HGPCA and FORCE events topping the HSCC programme. With Stirling Moss, Roy Salvadori, Jack...
The ex-Jo Bonnier BRM P25 returned to racing at Goodwood after a 15-month rebuild in the hands of marque experts Hall & Hall. Rick and his son Rob have reconstructed the car following the...
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While most of the action at the 31st running of the Oldtimer Grand Prix took place on the Grand Prix circuit, a 70-strong field of classic sports and GT cars competed on the famous Nordschleife in...
Meet historing racing's very own hotshoe. He's just 18, yet he handles an F5000 like an old pro. But what are his long-term plans? What is your racing background? I did six kart races to get my...
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The 10th-anniversary Le Jog is already heading towards a capacity entry of 130 cars. Run over December 6-9, the HERO-organised classic reliability trial takes crews from Lands End to John O'Groats...
David Franklin set a new Classic record during the three-day festival of hillclimbing at Shelsley Walsh in August. Aboard the glorious Ferrari 212E of Carlos Monteverde, Franklin thrilled a huge...
Mac Hulbert continued his strong run in R4D by scooping FTD at the inaugural VSCC Harewood hillclimb. His 68.29sec ascent of the Yorkshire venue came just two months after his pre-war record-breaking...
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Californian racers dominated the Formula One event during the 30th Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races at the Laguna Seca circuit in August. From a 27-car grid of 3-litre cars, Dan Marvin...
The Camaro of Andy Rouse and Pete Hall continues to set the pace in the Heritage GT events that have become a very popular support to the British Touring Car Championship. At Brands Hatch in late...
From a modest grid, John Harper claimed another BRDC Historic Sportscar victory at Snetterton in his well-sorted Cooper Monaco; a week before the high-profile Oulton Park Gold Cup race, not too many...
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Now's the time for people who noticed Fernando Alonso's prowess in his first grand prix, in Australia with Minardi back in 2001, to say they told us so. He was 19 then, and he qualified an impressive...
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By Cliff Allison "It has to be Fangio. I took Lotus's USA representative to the 1957 French GP at Rouen and went with him to the bottom of the hill to watch something very special: Fangio plunging...
1980 Belgian at Zolder by Tiff Needell How did the drive with the Ensign team come about? The seat became free after Regazzoni had suffered his accident at Long Beach. I had connections with both...
1993 Alain Prost (above) seals his fourth world title at Estoril and then quits F1, allowing Ayrton Senna to move to Williams. McLaren fails to lure Michael Schumacher from Benetton, but signs a deal...
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Gerhard Berger A couple of days before the Revival Meeting at Goodwood, BMW held a splendid lunch in honour of Gerhard Berger, who — for the moment — has left the world of Formula One after 20 years...
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Somehow we all felt we knew Ronnie Peterson. In fact, all we really knew about this shy man was that he could drive the wheels off any racing car. This extract from Johnny Tipler's new book — Formula...
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The region around Brescia lies at the heart of Italy's passion for road racing. The Mille Miglia is a legend, but instead Tim Scott pays a visit to its obscure cousin down the road Photography by Ian...
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"I only raced at Garda once, in that final year when I won in the de Sanctis, but I remember it as one of the most romantic places of northern Italy. It was a beautiful track and had every sort of...
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The one that got away Allan McNish, 1985 Junior World Karting Championships Trying to do it by the book is very laudable, but it isn't always the best policy, as Scotland's other Formula One driver...
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Bill Boddy looks back at a French motorsport institution which may not have long to go... There is a threat to the Linas-Montlhery track. It may be closed in the next year or two, and for it to go...
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From supersprints to sand dunes, Jean-Louis Schlesser's career is peppered with major titles in a diverse range of disciplines. Yet still his successes can seem forgotten. By John Davenport Famous...
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"Jean-Louis was a pretty good test driver and worked well with us. He was always strongly opinionated and I am sure that, if we had left it to him, he would have engineered the car himself. Which...
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Despite its distinctive nose, Ron Tauranac's last Brabham was hardly the pick of the bunch. But it should not be sniffed at, writes Keith Howard Perhaps I just don't eat enough seafood, but I've...
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Want to race an historic single-seater but can't afford a Lotus 72? A Classic Formula Ford might be the answer. Paul Fearnley samples four of them Momentum is the thing. I'm aboard a tiny single-...
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The HSCC's Historic Formula Ford Championship positions itself at the more 'expensive' end of the market. It caters for pre-1971 machinery, and these cars' relative rarity means that a good one could...
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Historic endurance rallying is one of the real growth areas of motor sport. The experience of driving classic cars on some of the world's most challenging roads is unrivalled, and at the forefront of...
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Fifteen minutes of fame Puma Mk1: Crystal Palace F3 — June 18, 1971 Designed for one formula but run in another, this is a story of how a fast cat almost killed an F1 wannabe because he was curious...
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With its young millionaire backer, Scirocco looked set to whip up a storm in F1. Gordon Cruickshank explains why it didn't Next time you chive down the Goldhawk Road in West London, stop at the Seven...
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Porsche's 908/3 was Lotus-like in philosophy, but its crash diet didn't stop it from munching some of racing's roughest roads. Paul Fearnley meets with a scantily clad model performer... The twist,...
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"I started my career with Porsche purely as a rally man. I was signed by Huschke von Hanstein, but not long after that he was replaced by Rico Steinemann, who asked me if I'd like to do some racing....
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Forza Amon! A Biography of Chris AmonBy Eoin Young ISBN 1 8442 5 016 4 Published by Haynes, £17.99 Mention Chris Amon, and this definition follows like clockwork: the greatest driver never to win a...
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When I was posted to Harrogate during WII, I was able to pop over to Bradford to interview Felix Scriven about his Brooklands cars. His first was the Austin Twenty which appeared at the 1921 Easter...
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This month, Julian Bennett, grandson of the famous Fred Bennett, a past president of the VCC, will endeavour to re-enact the feats of his ancestor in the very same 1903 6.5hp single-cylinder Cadillac...
When we look back on 2003, one of the outstanding results will be the Bentley domination of Le Mans, the Speed Eights first and second against the Audis. It was surprising how little attention this...
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Having recorded how the licensing authorities told me that the famous racing Aston-Martin 'Bunny' had been scrapped, I have been checking the VSCC membership list to see how many Bamford & Martin...
Not Leonce Girardot who, in the heroic age of motor racing, earned this title by the number of times he finished second (he won some races too!), but a crimson Austro-Daimler which, in my teens, I...
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RB Lakin points out that it was he, then Sub Lt Lakin, RN, who owned the IFS Bugatti which Dick Seaman drove at Brooklands in 1936; Leslie Ballamy had entered the car and had made the IFS suspension...
A reader has asked me to identify two photographs: one is a Coupe de l'Auto Calthorpe with its imposing radiator. The bonnet straps and bolster fuel tank imply a racing car, rebodied later on with...

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